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Surgery Process Guide to Breast Uplift Surgery (Mastopexy)

Mastopexy or breast uplift surgery is a cosmetic procedure trying to improve the appearance of sagging breasts (ptosis) by reconstructing the breast and essentially lifting up droopy breasts. This is a common legacy of breastfeeding, putting on weight and then losing it as well as normal ageing.

Often done in conjunction with breast augmentation or breast reduction, breast uplifts are, like most breast cosmetic procedures, increasing in popularity on an annual basis in the UK.

While a breast uplift procedure can be successful for the patient, if an error has been made by your cosmetic surgeon and your breast uplift has gone wrong, the resulting problems can be very distressing. When breast surgery goes wrong, then a cosmetic surgery law firm can make a negligent breast surgery claim for you and substantial compensation can be awarded, enabling you to deal with the situation physically and psychologically.


The Anchor Lift

In this type of breast lift surgery, an anchor shaped incision is made on the areola and breast crease. This method will leave the most scarring and is used in cases with severe sagging


The Lollipop Lift

The lollipop lift is a form of mastopexy (breast uplift surgery) in which the sagging skin of each breast is pulled further up, correcting droopiness. This particular procedure is used with patients who have a reasonable degree of drooping skin.


The Circumareolar Reduction - (The ‘Donut’ Lift)

The circumareolar or ‘donut’ lift is a form of mastopexy (breast uplift) used on patients with moderate to mild sagging.


The Crescent Lift

The crescent lift is a technique used in mastopexy (breast uplift surgery) for those patients with very mild sagging. It is not as common as other techniques.


Breast Uplift Surgery Claims (Mastopexy Gone Wrong)

Mastopexy in the UK

Breast uplift surgery is an invasive procedure performed under general anaesthetic and can involve an overnight stay in hospital depending on the extent of the breast uplift. The mastopexy is sometimes combined with two other common breast cosmetic surgeries, breast enlargement or breast reduction surgery. You can read more about those breast surgeries in our guide to the most common breast surgery procedures in the UK here.

Often undertaken by women wanting to increase their self-esteem and confidence and desiring a firmer and more youthful looking breast, the process can be successful and the patient can obtain the result she wants. Unfortunately however that’s not always the case with breast uplifts as we can see from the increasing number of breast uplift negligence claims enquiries our cosmetic surgery law firm now receives.

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors are the first legal practice in England and Wales committed solely to victims of cosmetic surgery negligence. We understand how distressing the results of bad breast uplift surgery can be for the patient. If your mastopexy didn’t meet your expectations, talk to Michael Saul, Head of Cosmetic Negligence Claims on 0800 634 0285 to start a breast uplift claim or request a call back from his specialist legal team.

The Breast Uplift Procedure

A breast uplift is an invasive procedure and is sometimes done alongside a breast implant surgery at the same time or in a second operation. But what does breast uplift surgery entail?

During a breast uplift procedure several incisions are made before surplus skin is removed from underneath the breasts of the patient. For more on the common types of incision, see our guide below. The breast itself is remodelled into a tighter cone and the nipples are then repositioned at a higher level. The size of the areola may also be changed to suit the new shape. If a breast uplift procedure is combined with a breast enlargement operation, breast implants will be inserted to help shape the breast.

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors now deal with a rising number of cases where breast uplifts have gone wrong and where breast uplift negligence claims should be made due to surgical negligence.

If you’ve had breast uplift surgery at the same time as breast enlargement and either of these breast cosmetic surgeries has gone wrong, talk to Michael Saul today on 0800 634 0285 or request a call back from one of the breast uplift claims team.

Types of Incision in Breast Uplift Surgery

There are a number of different techniques used in mastopexy each involving a different type of incision:

  1. The Anchor Lift – in this type of breast uplift surgery, an anchor shaped incision is made on the areola and breast crease. A further incision is then made along the crease of each breast before finally the excess skin is removed and the breast repositioned. This method is used in cases with severe sagging and can leave the most scarring.
  2. The Lollipop Lift – here the sagging skin of each breast is pulled further up, correcting droopiness. Sometimes known as a keyhole incision, the cosmetic surgeon creates an incision around the entire areola before a second incision is made down to the breast fold. The surgeon then removes the excess breast skin from either above or below the nipple so the breast can be pulled further up. Finally, the nipples are moved to their new natural point position and stitched into place.
  3. The Circumareolar Reduction or the ‘Donut’ Lift – The cosmetic surgeon makes an incision around the edges of the areola only and cuts out the surplus skin from the area, allowing a mild lift. The nipples are then reattached. This can limit the size and diameter of the circular scar left as a result of the breast uplift.
  4. The Periareolar or Crescent lift: This is a less common technique and entails a crescent-shaped incision around half of the areola. It allows the cutting and removal of a crescent of flesh and the skin from the crescent line is then reattached to the areola.

If you’ve been affected by mastopexy going wrong, you’re not the only one in distress. Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors are seeing significant increases in the number of claims made due to negligent breast uplifts. See below on how you can make a claim.

How to Make Your Breast Surgery Claim with Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors

Breast uplifts that go wrong can leave patients in considerable distress and pain so if you think your breast cosmetic procedure has gone wrong, you may be entitled to claim for compensation for medical negligence. Let us advise you as to your options by taking these simple steps to start your claim for recompense:

  1. Speak to our experienced breast uplift claims team on 0800 634 0285
  2. Request a call back at a convenient time that suits you and your schedule
  3. Provide us with the details of your breast surgery gone wrong and allow Michael Saul, Partner and Head of Cosmetic Negligence Claims and his team identify your options
  4. Let our medical negligence solicitors do the rest

What Happens When Breast Uplift Surgery Goes Wrong?

When a patient has breast uplift surgery, problems indicating negligent surgery can be severe and can include:

  • Nipple loss – the changes in blood supply may cause the nipple tissue to die.
  • Inappropriate or unsightly scarring around the breast
  • Asymmetrical nipples
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)

Michael Saul and the team at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors deal with many breast surgery negligence cases where breast uplift surgery has gone wrong and because of the clinic’s or surgeon’s negligence, subsequent breast enlargement claims have had to be made.

Large sums of compensation can be awarded for breast uplift claims and if you’ve suffered from any of the symptoms mentioned above, then contact our specialist breast uplift claims team on 0800 634 0285 now.

Talk to Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors Today

We are a specialist UK cosmetic surgery law firm with a deserved reputation for delivering the best outcomes for the many patients who’ve suffered breast uplift surgery negligence.

Let us answer any questions you may have about the breast surgery claims process and support you through what is often a traumatic experience.

If you’re a victim of a breast uplift going wrong, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors can identify the impact caused by the negligent breast surgery you’ve had and secure the appropriate compensation for the distress you’ve had to suffer.

Speak to Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors today on 0800 634 0285 or request a call back from Michael Saul or one of the dedicated breast surgery claims team.

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